DVD: The End of America
The End of America details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It's not a "lefty" tome, rather an historical look at trends in once-functioning democracies from modern history that are being repeated in our country today. It gives any reader (or viewer of the lecture) a much-needed history lesson and constitutional refresher. Most importantly, it puts the recent gradual loss of civil liberties in the U.S. in a historical context. The average American might not be alarmed at AT&T selling our private information to the Bush administration, but when this action is seen as part of a larger series of erosions and events, a pattern emerges with unfortunate consequences that become disturbingly clear.
• One Amazon customer had this to say about THE END OF AMERICA:
This is a great movie, and also made a great book. Wolf basically goes over the 10 steps every would-be dictator implements to close down an open and free society. Very scary stuff, especially when she went into the burning of the Reichstag, the "disappearances" of journalists, and the putting of people on the "watch list." Highly recommended movie.
There was an Amazon reviewer that said this was nothing but "liberal drivel." I completely disagree.
It is not right-wing nor left-wing.
Those things don't matter...they are only there to blind us from the truth, methods of control put in place so that Americans will bicker and argue with each other, pitting brother against brother. For what it's worth, it is a warning, not only to the "young patriot" described in the title of the book, but to all people living in the U.S. . . . This will give you an historical perspective on what happens when people don't intervene in time and put a halt to fascism.
Ms. Wolf makes a strong case that we are at the brink of losing our democracy; it is justifiable to compare the current neo-conservative movement in America to past repressive regimes. Some of her points:
Black Water, the vigilante group with billions of dollars in their war chest has the ability to take down third world governments and yet owes no allegiance to our constitution.
Countless laws have been broken by our White House and yet no one is held accountable (illegal wire tapping of Americans; misleading Americans into the Iraqi war; torture; outing a CIA agent [Valerie Plame] for political gain; etc.)
Corporations controlling all our media and therefore the flow of information "We The People" receive.
The tampering of our free elections (voter machine fraud, the Supreme Court illegally over riding our democracy and appointing George Bush President; the selective removal of Americans from voting lists; etc.)
Ms. Wolf's point is that these attacks are done boldly and deliberatly to frighten and intimidate Americans into doing nothing.
• I found this . . . to be most terrifying because most Americans aren't even aware that there is a problem. There is a deliberate move in this country to wipe out middle class America (unaffordable educatuion, the end of pensions, the attempt of President Bush to convince Americans that Social Security is bad; unaffordable health insurance, etc.)
If you would like a quick, down & dirty, in your face list of some of the things our government is doing wrong today. Then get this documentary, and decide for yourself. I found Naomi Wolf's research to be very eye-opening and chillingly informative. Net Flix used to carry [thios movie], they don't any more. Go figure.
– Brian Ernest Blackmore